The Firth, Mr. Darcy, and Me
By Liz Everly
So last week, I responded to our own Madeline Iva’s post about Collin Farrell. I said in the world of Colins, I prefer the Firth. And yes I do. (But I adore Mr. Farrell, as well.) But after thinking it over, the reason I love the Firth so much is because of one character he played. That would be Mr. Darcy.
It’s interesting how the mind works. As I was connecting my thoughts form one Colin to the next, then to Mr. Darcy, I immediately thought of Gray McGhilly, who is the male lead in LIKE HONEY (the new title for what I was calling MASTER BEEKEEPER). Turns out, I’d been thinking a bit of Firth when I wrote Gray. Even though Gray’s personality is really nothing like Darcy’s on the face of things, he, um, kind of looks like him. And Gray’s tough-guy resolve melts away (a bit ) by the end of the story. That is true of Mr. Darcy, as well, isn’t it? (Although I would never use “tough guy” as a description of him.) But those very strict morals and society rules are the trapping for Darcy that he sheds ( a bit).
In any case, I can’t wait to share LIKE HONEY with you. But first, I have another book coming out in November, CRAVINGS. Come to think of it, that male lead (Sanj) is kind of the Indian version of Mr. Darcy. Oh boy. I really need to get Darcy off the brain. But as for the Firth, I’ve got a new board on Pinterest dedicated to him. Check it out. What do you think?